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Major projects expected to transform Utica area

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 6/1/22

There are four major projects in the Utica area that are expected to change the landscape of the city, create more jobs, stimulate the local economy and bring more people to Utica and the Mohawk Valley.

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Major projects expected to transform Utica area

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UTICA — Utica is well known for its rich history of factories and businesses that once dominated the city. Over the years, Utica suffered the same fate of most Rust Belt cities with many of those factories and businesses leaving the area.

The city, officials say, is undergoing a resurgence with many changes on the horizon.

Investors are providing a significant amount of money to renovate many of the older buildings that once housed the factories and businesses that left many years ago. National, regional and new local businesses have been coming to Utica and the Mohawk Valley. Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says that these are all positive signs of Utica’s transformation.

“This is a continuation of the growth of this geographic region and it’s beneficial to everyone,” Palmieri said. “We’re centering in on how we can stimulate the economy and retain the people in this area for all of the amenities that we have.”

There are four major projects in the Utica area that are expected to change the landscape of the city, create more jobs, stimulate the local economy and bring more people to Utica and the Mohawk Valley.

Wolfspeed

Location: Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Completion date: April 25, 2022

Wolfspeed at the Marcy Nanocenter is the first and only 200mm Silicon Carbide fabrication facility in the world. This facility will address the growing needs of the electric vehicle industry and 4G/5G mobile and industrial markets.

On April 25, Wolfspeed celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony, joined by Wolfspeed CEO Gregg Lowe, Senior Vice President of Lucid Motors Eric Bach, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, local area politicians and the Mohawk Valley community.

Wolfspeed currently has about 200 employees working at this location and they have committed to creating over 600 jobs at this facility within their first eight years of operation.

For more information on Wolfspeed, visit: wolfspeed.com

Nexus Center

Location: Adirondack Bank Center

Estimated completion date: October 2022

The Nexus Center will be a sports and recreation facility with three multipurpose playing surfaces. There will also be a training space, a fitness track, over 25 locker rooms, college classrooms, as well as spaces for commercial offices and retail stores.

Construction of the Nexus Center was halted in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lawsuit brought on from the construction company Hueber-Breuer claiming a breach of contract. Hueber-Breuer dismissed their lawsuit once Oneida County secured $31 million in bonds to continue funding the construction of the Nexus Center.

Construction resumed in February 2022 and is on track to be completed by this fall.

For more information on the Nexus Center, visit: nexusutica.com

Mohawk Valley Health System's Wynn Hospital

Location: Downtown Utica

Estimated completion date: October 2023

The MVHS Wynn Hospital will be a 10-story building on a pedestrian-friendly health campus.

The hospital will have an inpatient unit with a capacity of 373 beds and 8 beds for pediatric patients, an emergency department with the ability to support 90,000 visits per year, a birthing center, conference and meeting spaces, a parking garage and a helistop.

In regards to the current MVHS campuses located at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, the fate of those buildings are still being decided.

“We’re working with MVHS to see what is the best possible outcome from them,” Palmieri said. “They have done an RFP which is a request for proposal. It’s going to be something that we all have to be mindful of. It’s going to be a very difficult buildout, it’s an older infrastructure. We have to look at all the options and they may have to look at an option at some point of potentially maybe demolition and utilizing that land for future residential growth.”

Construction of the hospital is on track to be completed by next fall.

For more information, visit: mvhealthsystem.org

Utica's Harbor Point

Location: Utica's Harbor

Estimated completion date: 2025

The Harbor Point project will transform the harbor into a tourist destination with a promenade, local restaurants, an amphitheater, sports and recreation fields, commercial and residential buildings and space for parking. There will also be connections to downtown with a new pedestrian link, making the Harbor Point project an easily accessible destination and connecting it to the city.

Construction for Harbor Point is on track to be completed by 2025.

For more information, visit: uticaharborpoint.org

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